The African Union Headquarters in New York City welcomed Cercle Social on April 13th 2016. The nonprofit leaders pitched the mobile shipping container lab and the Raspberry Pi to the Power African Youth Initiative entrepreneur drive. Thank you to the organizers and all participants. #PAY #AFRICANUNION #CERCLESOCIAL #RASPBERRYPI
In the 1990s, Bénin was notorious for having on of the world’s lowest primary school enrolment rates. Today, almost all Beninese children have access to education and a growing number are graduating from primary school. According to a Development Progress Report by the Overseas Development Institute:
In 2016, Cercle Social non-profit will transform old shipping containers into classrooms powered by the Raspberry Pi, in Bénin. This idea from Samsung called The solar powered internet school has solar panels on the roof that can generate nine hours of electricity a day. We will use 40 feet long container to build a portable classroom that can fit up to 21 students. The school can be moved by truck so that students in remote areas with little or no access to electricity can benefit from the curriculum and internet connectivity.
Before starting the project, 87% of interviewed students said they never touched a real computer.
778 students have registered to take the computing courses from 2012 to 2014 and the demand keeps rising. Participants have been evaluated through writing and practical exams. The analysis of these results showed a 65% improvement of grades for the second year of implementation.